[sdiy] LUMI keys

Chromatest J. Pantsmaker chromatest at azburners.org
Wed Jun 19 20:18:50 CEST 2019

The thing that I think people are overlooking here is that these tools are
for the entry-level musician.  A light-up keyboard isn't going to make
somebody play like Sergei Rachmaninoff by any means, but it might get a new
player over that initial hump at which point they have the basics well
enough to pursue the actual art of playing.

On Wed, Jun 19, 2019 at 10:53 AM Donald Tillman <don at till.com> wrote:

> On Jun 19, 2019, at 8:10 AM, Phillip Gallo <philgallo at gmail.com> wrote:
> Don, i agree with the philosophy of your "rant" (also the bag pipes as a
> practical case).
> Isn't there a bit more, though ?
> The pedagogical tradition includes "play along" - student plays with the
> teacher.
> The illuminated key clavier idea would seem a close cousin to the "play
> along" with Mel Bay 45rpm record that came with my Kay flattop?
> I can play "Down in the Valley" to this day!
> Every good teacher knows that, in the craft, you have a large number of
> approaches at your disposal; demonstrating for the student, critiquing
> their technique, explaining the theory, guiding the student to discover on
> their own, hitting them with a stick if they're doing it wrong, etc.  And
> the best teachers know when to use each approach.
> Sometimes a "brain dump", sometimes the Socratic Method.
> Yes, playing along with the student is an excellent teaching technique.
> And play-along records are a great tool because playing with other
> musicians is a different set of issues than playing by yourself, especially
> with regards to timing.  A metronome, also, great tool.
> But if you're building a gizmo to help teach an instrument... well,
> there's an enormous tendency to do exactly the wrong thing.  An engineer
> will often abstract the situation into "problem + technology => solution"
> and end up building a device that performs the very function that the
> student most needs to do on their own.
> That is the case for light up note keyboards, either in 1969, or today.
>   -- Don
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